Updated: Jan 16, 2019
Paul was forced to deal with disunity which had arisen within the local church of Corinth. He knew that the greatest source of unity for Believers was the Cross of Christ. He reminded them that God had commanded them to take the Lord’s Supper in remembrance of His sacrifice in order to restore unity with God and each other. The Cross requires that Believers:
1. Repent of sin.
1 Cor. 11:27-34 “Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.”
2. Review our spiritual condition.
“But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.”
3. Remember God’s judgment.
“For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.”
4. Renew our fellowship with God and others.
“For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.
Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another. And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come.”
LESSON - As we look back to the Cross of Christ, the Holy Spirit helps us to look within. As we repent of sin, God helps us look outward by turning our vision from self to service. We serve Him by serving the needs of others and in doing so, rediscover our unity in repentance. Remember the Cross!!